I’m excited to not only be sharing a fantastic resource but one that I’ve been going on about since I first discovered them last year! I’ve shared about them a few times, but can’t wait to dive a little deeper into “Everywhere Is Queer” with founder, Charlie Sprinkman (he/they)!
Let’s step in! 👇
Q: What is a personal favorite quote?
“When they go low, we go high”
Q: What is your favorite activity when you aren’t working?
A: Table tennis, paddle boarding, biking, and eating food with good people
Q: What is your business/service?
A: Everywhere Is Queer is a worldwide map of queer-owned businesses. We use our platforms to highlight and uplift the voices of queer-owned businesses!
When did you create your business, and what inspired you to start?
A: January 2nd, 2022. After attending Brave Trails (a queer youth leadership camp), I wanted to create that euphoric experience that you feel at Brave Trails.
That feeling where you can be your full authentic self. As people look locally or travel the world, I wanted to create something that would allow them to be their full authentic selves.
I hope that the queer-owned businesses on our map will provide a safer space for folks. I also think about the queer youth and when I was in high school. I wish I knew of a queer-owned coffee shop that I could sit at (out or not) and see queer people exist and work.
Q: If you could go back in time and give yourself any advice during the first year of business, what would it be?
A: Continue to ask questions to people that can help you. As well, be easy on yourself. It’s exhausting! Also don’t forget why you are doing this. ❤️
Q: What is your favorite part about working with/supporting your clients/audience?
A: Hearing the testimonies from folks that have used my map/page. I recently received a message from someone that said their partner and themselves are planning a cross-country road trip that they would have never done before until they found the EIQ map.
Q: What is the biggest lesson you have learned about yourself since starting your business?
A: There are A LOT of moving parts when starting a business. Figure out the best way to stay organized that works for you. I am still trying to figure this out for myself honestly.
Q: What does confidence mean to you?
A: Feeling secure within yourself and your body. Insecurities root from something that has happened. When we can become secure, we become confident.
Q: What does pride month mean to you?
A: Celebrating of queer joy and how far we have come. Also, a time to speak up and continue fighting for the queer community! A time to really learn about queer history. A time to be in queer community and celebrate a little bit extra.